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        08-18-2014, 09:04 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    What Are Your Boarding Costs?

    Hiya! I'm just interested in comparing boarding costs.

    I already know that my boarding is ridiculously cheap... And I mean ridiculously. I pay $1000 once a year and it includes:

    -24/7 Pasture board in the summertime.
    -Stall/Pasture board in the wintertime. (Outdoors unless it's bad weather.)
    -Worming.
    -Access to miles of trails/outdoor arena/round pen/etc.
    -Free rides on BO's horses for trail rides.
    -Yearly shot. (The name of the shot is slipping my mind for some reason...)
    -One daily hay feed
    -BO is ridiculously helpful and has already repaired my saddle (replaced nylon off-billets with leather that he bought out of his own pocket) for no charge and will be trimming my mares hooves for free. I offered to pay but he refused.

    My BO doesn't really make money off his "horse business", which is why he has things so cheap. He loves horses and any money he brings in is from lessons and birthday parties/trail rides. We're also kind of in the boonies and horse owners are hard to come by in my province.

    In my old province, board was usually around $350-$450 a month and didn't include as much as I'm getting here.

    Just wondering what other people pay vs what you get back? I'm super curious.
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        08-18-2014, 09:22 PM
      #2
    Trained
    I pay $185 per month.

    This gets me:
    -Technically an outdoor mare motel-type stall, however I had my BO put Aires on 24/7 turnout because none of the stalls were big enough for him to be comfortable. I still pay the same as stall board, though, to help with feeding my monster.
    -Three feedings per day, grass or alfalfa, my choice.
    -BO does all cleaning and waters
    -Access to a large arena, plus three round pens
    -BO will blanket, fly mask, or feed your grain/feed as requested
    -BO will hold for farrier or vet and will call vet if needed
    -BO lives on-sight
    -Barn holds a monthly show series during the summer (runs March through October)
    -Lessons available for all riding levels and ages, on your horse or one of the BO's
    -Trainers on-site

    I love my barn. Yes, she may have too many horses for the size property, but she truly loves what she does and it shows.
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        08-18-2014, 09:28 PM
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    I charge $225 a month if you supply your own grain, $260 if I supply grain which is whole oats and alfalfa pellets.

    Board includes one on one care as I only have/want two boarders plus my own two horses.

    24/7 group turn out on a grass pasture with round bales
    Miles of trails
    Huge field for riding with jumps
    Stalls with deep bedding for bad weather
    Grain fed twice a day, will feed three times if required
    Blanket changes
    Farrier and vet visits scheduled, and I will hold for both
    Heated tack room
    I live on site and can see the pasture from my kitchen window

    I stress that I am a private barn and tolerate zero drama.
         
        08-18-2014, 09:52 PM
      #4
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by NBEventer    
    I charge $225 a month if you supply your own grain, $260 if I supply grain which is whole oats and alfalfa pellets.

    Board includes one on one care as I only have/want two boarders plus my own two horses.

    24/7 group turn out on a grass pasture with round bales
    Miles of trails
    Huge field for riding with jumps
    Stalls with deep bedding for bad weather
    Grain fed twice a day, will feed three times if required
    Blanket changes
    Farrier and vet visits scheduled, and I will hold for both
    Heated tack room
    I live on site and can see the pasture from my kitchen window

    I stress that I am a private barn and tolerate zero drama.
    Dang! I'd come board with you in a heartbeat!

    My BO is the same way about drama. She is the sweetest, most genuine, loving person I have EVER met, but she has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to drama. She actually just kicked someone out for causing drama (well, her feisty little Italian husband did but with her blessing).
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        08-18-2014, 09:55 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    I pay $185 per month.

    This gets me:
    -Technically an outdoor mare motel-type stall, however I had my BO put Aires on 24/7 turnout because none of the stalls were big enough for him to be comfortable. I still pay the same as stall board, though, to help with feeding my monster.
    -Three feedings per day, grass or alfalfa, my choice.
    -BO does all cleaning and waters
    -Access to a large arena, plus three round pens
    -BO will blanket, fly mask, or feed your grain/feed as requested
    -BO will hold for farrier or vet and will call vet if needed
    -BO lives on-sight
    -Barn holds a monthly show series during the summer (runs March through October)
    -Lessons available for all riding levels and ages, on your horse or one of the BO's
    -Trainers on-site

    I love my barn. Yes, she may have too many horses for the size property, but she truly loves what she does and it shows.
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    $185 for all that is pretty darn good!! Especially if you like the owner.

    I forgot to add that I can have grain feedings if my mare needed them, as well as private tack storage lockers and on-sight BO...
         
        08-18-2014, 09:56 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by clumsychelsea    
    Hiya! I'm just interested in comparing boarding costs.

    I already know that my boarding is ridiculously cheap... And I mean ridiculously. I pay $1000 once a year and it includes:

    --One daily hay feed
    -
    What else does your horse get in the winter?

    Or, is that one daily feed a whole bale or so to last till the next feeding?
         
        08-18-2014, 10:01 PM
      #7
    Trained
    I adore my BO. Last year when I lost my job, she offered to put Aires on full-time turnout and only charge me $150. She did everything she could to help me out, even taking partial payments throughout the month. It costs WAY more than $150 per month to feed my beast.

    We do have a tack room, but it is so jam-packed that I take my stuff home with me. Nothing has ever been stolen there, I just don't want to add to the chaos and don't mind schlepping my stuff.

    Oh! And we have two on-site guard dogs (Maya, an 8-month-old Great Pyrenees/lab mix, and Dot, a little pit/heeler mix who is just a love bug), several barn cats (one of whom seriously thinks he's a dog)...and a barn pot belly pig who is my gelding's best friend.
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        08-18-2014, 10:02 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by EponaLynn    
    What else does your horse get in the winter?

    Or, is that one daily feed a whole bale or so to last till the next feeding?
    I was referring to summer board when I said that! Whoopsies. In the wintertime they get morning and evening feeds, and the owner can ask for specific feeding instructions if they want.
         
        08-18-2014, 10:07 PM
      #9
    Started
    I have two guard dogs... a Bichon/Maltese and a Yorkie/Maltese







    Watch out... the Yorkie will steal your carrots after she licks you to death
         
        08-18-2014, 10:16 PM
      #10
    Trained
    Ermahger!! *grabby hands*
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